BUST THAT QUERY STRAIGHT IN THE FACE!

This week was the release of my newest book, Blood Soaked Ashes. It’s book two of The Eramane Saga, and I can’t wait to share this segment of the story with my readers. Publishing this second book has been an amazing experience. I owe much thanks to the lovely ladies that worked closely with me on this. My editors are amazing and my cover artist is a genius. Enough about that. Go get the book! Ok, now that you’ve gone and supported my habit, we can move forward. I am a few days away from finishing up a project that I will be submitting to agents. This manuscript has been on my desktop for a year and a half, and I’m excited about its potential. But what I’m totally stoked about is that I actually have a solid query for it. What does that mean, solid? As opposed to what? Haven’t you been sending outstanding queries, Frankie? Well, I thought I had. I thought I had the best queries that had ever been written and “Why the hell weren’t the agents biting?!” I mean, I had researched what other authors posted as their queries on their websites, and I had read countless articles on ALL.THE.SITES., and I had several rejection emails that offered some friendly advice on what did and didn’t work. I was the master query writer. So “Why the hell weren’t the agents biting?!” I had no answer as to why my queries were being rejected. For almost two years I battled back and forth with this question. But then I decided to seek expert advice. I reached out to my small network of author acquaintances and humbly asked for help. And I got it. And it kept coming and doors kept opening and finally after re-working my query I ended up with a “fantastic” one. (Yeah, that’s an air-quote.) And once I read the final, kick ass version, it was like a light bulb (like one of those coiled hazmat ones) exploded above my head. Der! How simple. How extremely f-ing simple you nerf-hearding ding dong. Yes, I can be hard on myself. But that’s what we authors do. We have to. If we don’t push ourselves and force our perspective in the right direction, no one else will. So, to celebrate my enlightenment, and the release of Blood Soaked Ashes, I would like to offer free query critiques to the first TWO WRITERS OF YOUNG ADULT FICTION that respond. I want to help you find your light bulb. SERIOUS ENTRIES ONLY. PLEASE READ!! PREFERENCES AND STIPULATIONS: Queries for young-adult fiction only please. All genres welcome. Your manuscript should be completed so that you can build a thorough query and essentially a synopsis, which is often required by agents. But before you submit what you think is a good start, check out this website for a well-rounded structure as to what a query should look like. Check out this website for a good example. If yours is already formatted like this, then go ahead and request a critique in the comment area. Make sure you offer the genre and word count and briefly describe the plot. If your query fits my simple and limited requirements, I’ll reply with how you can submit your query to me, and how the process will work. Keep in mind that this is a free critique. It is not in any way an edit, nor will I re-write the query. It’s free author advice, and I’m glad to help. This offer is no longer available.

4 thoughts on “BUST THAT QUERY STRAIGHT IN THE FACE!”

    1. Hi, Becki! Thanks for stopping by my site:) I would love to give you some advice/feedback on your query. Send your query in the body of the email (no attachments) to my email address listed in the contact menu on my site. Looking forward to it!

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  1. Hi Frankie,
    I’ve been struggling with my query for almost two years now. I revised it about 100 times and still no luck. I could really use some advice from someone who’s been there. I’m pretty satisfied with my current query, but then again, I liked most of the previous versions as well.
    My novel is a YA urban fantasy, completed at 82.000 words. I hope your offer still stands 🙂

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    1. Hi Denisa:) Thanks for stopping in!
      I understand your frustration; queries are challenging. I have to say, though, that this particular offer is not available anymore, as I’m very busy with a new book project and revisions on a completed one. But, I don’t want to leave you hanging, so I will do this: Send me your query via email to frankieashbooks@gmail.com and I will give it a one round read and revision suggestions. The previous offer was for three rounds of revisions. If you’ve been at this for two years, it’s likely that you’re on the right track anyway. So, if you’re fine with sending it to me for one read through, then by all means, do so:)

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